Father Ray comes out…

I have been thinking a little about this issue again recently- partly because of the film above, but also because sexuality is a subject that always seems to get people in the church steamed up.

The other day, my nephew Josh posted a link on FB to this organisation in America- Truth Ministry- Healing From Homosexuality Through Jesus Christ.  Josh was not particularly complementary- and I have posted about my feelings in relation to these ‘ministries’ before- here and here for example.

The root of all this has nothing to do with therapy- and little to do with ministry- rather it is all to do with how we understand scripture.

Father Ray seems a decent bloke- although the film above (despite his stated wish to avoid controversy and upset) was clearly made as a political statement by a man who is not averse to risk taking. It does humanise the debate again though- which is something I am a lot more comfortable with than trying to make rigid theological arguments.

I wonder when this will all be behind us? I think it will be one of those things that we (the Church) will look back on and wonder how we got so steamed up about it all.

4 thoughts on “Father Ray comes out…

  1. I always wonder why the Old Testament is so anti-gay yet God created the humanity that is Gay? I guess, ok when times were rough and the human race was under threat, gay sex was seen as a threat because maybe it could have caused a ‘craze’ which was anti heteroseual (when human numbers were low and disease was high in Babylon) there seems to be a significant number of gay clergy and I think way better to be hones than not. don’t think in this day and age people will seriously have an issue with local priest because of this?

    • Hi Nik

      I think there will indeed be many people who will have a real issue with any priest who is openly (or privately) gay- including some of my friends. For some of these good people, it is not really about homophobia- although most prejudices like this are deep seated- but more about a fixed theological position, arising from an interpretation of the passages in the Bible that condemn homosexual contact. If you have a Bible first perspective, then this is the only position left open to you. It is then difficult to maintain unity and communion then- despite attempts at generosity on both sides.

      I think things are changing though- slowly. But the theological fixed positions are remarkable resilient.



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